Shipping Container Cabins, Homes and Buildings by HyBrid Architecture








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24ft Prefab Shipping Container Home





Project: c192 Nomad
Area: 192 sq ft (17.8 sq m)
Year: 2011




Built in a single 24ft container, this prefab shipping container home is designed as a remote retreat or self contained backyard cottage. Expansive openings allow the space to fully embrace its surroundings. Unit's area is 192 sq ft with a bathroom, galley kitchen, built in storage, room for beds and flex space. In this version of the HyBrid prefab containers range, a pull out couch turns into a bed and a fold down wall unit becomes even more sleeping space. The kitchen and all of the furniture were sponsored by IKEA. The bathroom is a glass-walled area with sleek modern Duravit fixtures.

Doors and large windows open up onto a large external deck, which extends the inner living space. The cut out shipping container sides were used to create sliding exterior doors to close up the container home when not in use. A solar system mounted on the roof of the unit provides power for the kitchen stove, hot water heater, lighting and radiant heater.

This 24ft prefab shipping container home is a one of the c-series factory built modules made from recycled shipping containers that can be customized or combined as desired by the customer. The c-series range consists of five designs in cost from $29,500 to $189,500. Off-grid and green options are offered including composting toilets, solar panels, roofwater harvesting and “green machine” sewage treatment. The sprayed-in insulation creates R32 floors, R44 ceilings and R24 walls. The prefab container home can be placed in cold climate conditions as well as hot climates. The roof snow load is 60psf.

The 24ft prefab shipping container homes from HyBrid Architecture are shipped complete. A local builder will need to be arranged for foundation work as well as sewage and electrical hook-ups. In many local jurisdictions, if a project area is less than 200sf there is no full permitting process required. Compact, adaptable and relocatable, these prefab container homes can be used for guest rooms, backyard offices, extra living space or smart and sustainable housing. The modular units are completely built in a specialized factory then easily transported via truck for a quick one day installation on building site. HyBrid Architecture has completed commercial and residential prefab container projects in Washington, Oregon and California and has designed over 20 projects worldwide.




“You can essentially press a button and order a house shipped to you—within eight weeks,” said Joel Egan, principal architect at HyBrid.

HyBrid showed off its c192 Nomad model home at 2011 Pacific Coast Builders Conference in San Francisco. The Nomad can last 400 years, Egan said. The firm focuses on maximizing the efficiency of the cargo container space. The Nomad dwelling spans eight feet wide, 192 square feet in all, and the price for its design and manufacture starts at $59,500. Customized options include solar panels, composting toilets, water collection decks, and additional doors.

“This represents the beginning of a system that we’re offering,” Egan said. “It’s sort of predesigned, but it allows different containers, different sizes—homes and offices—to plug into each other, to stack essentially like Legos [sic] any way the client wants to do it.”

Aside from being combined to create larger spaces, this sustainable dwelling can be an addition in the back yard as a home office or a guesthouse that sleeps up to four people. It can also be used as a self-contained vacation retreat in the mountains.

“This [Nomad model] is the first we’ve actually built in a factory,” said Peter Secan, HyBrid project manager.

HyBrid is located in Seattle, Washington, and has built cargotecture in Washington, Oregon, and California. Besides homes, cargotecture also includes commercial space. HyBrid has designed a 3,600-square-foot office building, Secan said, as well as townhomes and ski lodges.

“They’re engineered to go twelve floors high,” said Secan, adding that the dwellings are seismic fitted as well. “They’re fully capable of being earthquake safe.”

HyBrid researches, designs, and arranges the construction of cargo container homes. In as little as eight weeks, a feasibility study can be completed, required permits can be obtained, and the dwelling can be built. The construction of the shipping container home itself takes three to four weeks, Secan said. The home is typically transported by truck from the factory to be installed at the designated site and can be relocated at any time.

The Nomad cargotecture home can function completely off the power grid. To be self-sustaining, the shipping container home can be designed with solar panels for electricity and water, roof water collection, propane, and an above-ground septic system.

“You can get satellite and Wi-Fi …,“ said Egan. “So at that point, you have no utility bill, no address to send it to … . You can relocate it around the world.”





















24ft Prefab Shipping Container Home

King County Parks Competition Winner - Shipping Container Cabin, Seattle, Washington





HyBrid Architecture won the competition for a shipping container cabin at King County (Seattle, Washington) Parks Department. This beautiful design hosts couples and kids in bunk beds and is overinsulated. These features make it extremely popular for guests in Fall & Winter at the campground.







King County Parks Competition Winner - Shipping Container Cabin, Seattle, Washington

192 sq ft Shipping Container Guest Cabin, San Francisco, California





A shipping container guest cabin was needed adjacent to an existing stick-built cabin at a site 4 hours north of San Francisco.  This great-looking steel shipping container guest cabin was sandblasted to reveal the brown Corten weathering steel behind the paint. Corten steel has about 5% nickel in it, which means that when it rusts 1/32”, it will then rust no further, yielding a fantastic look. That is why shipping containers, and indeed all sea-going ships, are all built from Corten weathering steel. This shipping container guest cabin also has a projected roof which sheds water from areas around it, which is available as an option for most models.







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320 sq ft Off-the-Grid Shipping Container House, Seattle, Washington





This retreat is a (somewhat) famous off-the-grid shipping container house project which has been featured on several television programs, including HGTV’s “Small Space, Big Style” and “Some Assembly Required.”  It is situated on the wooded edge of a big farm outside of Seattle.  The owner uses this completely off-the-grid modern cabin to get away from the bustle of farm activity, as well as for guests. Many sustainable concepts have been integrated into this container home, including using recycled containers, decking milled from wind-felled trees, and recycled steel in the foundation.








320 sq ft Off-the-Grid Shipping Container House, Seattle, Washington

384 sq ft Shipping Container Backyard Home Office, Portland, Oregon





This is a shipping container backyard home office in the Fremont District of Portland, Oregon. The owners are very happy with their new 384 square foot office, built in 2010. It is made of two 24-foot containers, and features a “Green Roof” which increases insulation, improves the habitat, and reduces energy usage.







384 sq ft Shipping Container Backyard Home Office, Portland, Oregon

LEED Platinum 640 sq ft Shipping Container Recycling Center, Santa Monica, California





This wonderful and successful project was designed for Santa Monica, California in 2012 to help its citizens understand more about the recycling process. The Shipping Container Recycling Center hosts school groups learning about environmental responsibility. A LEED Platinum project, the two-40-foot containers feature a “Green Roof”, ceramic heat-resistant white paint, and sustainable windows and doors.







LEED Platinum 640 sq ft Shipping Container Recycling Center, Santa Monica, California

680 sq ft Shipping Container Two-Story Retreat, Seattle, Washington 





This shipping container two-story retreat is on an island outside Seattle. This wonderful shipping container house looks out across its beach to the shipping lanes to and from Asia, where many shipping containers can be seen passing each day. The context is fantastic. Designed to handle high winds and storms, this shipping container home also features a large deck, a beautiful stylish interior and access to the slope behind it.







680 sq ft Shipping Container Two-Story Retreat, Seattle, Washington 

1280 sq ft Shipping Container Double-Wide Two Story Home





The Prospect series are double-wide two story shipping container homes. This 1280 sq ft shipping container home has a ten foot cantilever and a ten foot deck. Two bedrooms, two baths, multiple home office spaces. The upper story has the original shipping container floor. The client painted the Orca whale mural. This is a durable, comfortable shipping container home with luxury features.










1280 sq ft Shipping Container Double-Wide Two Story Home

3600 sq ft Shipping Container Three Story Retail, Seattle, Washington





This landmark structure was and is Seattle’s first shipping container-based commercial building, and generated extensive media coverage at the time.  Erected in 2009 in the aftermath of the Great Recession, it represents a 20-40% reduction in construction costs compared to typical commercial construction. Constructed from 12 shipping containers, it houses a double-height retail showroom gallery and 7200 (2x3600) square feet of total space on the 7,000 square foot lot. It features a Green Roof, sustainable landscaping, and recycled materials for reduced environmental impact.








3600 sq ft Shipping Container Three Story Retail, Seattle, Washington




About HyBrid Architecture




OUR PRINCIPAL, JOEL EGAN

Joel Egan is a Seattle native who received his BS in Experiential Psychology in 1994 from Western Washington University. His study of the effects of the five human senses led to his deep understanding of function and form and the human experience of the built structure.

Living in Winthrop, Washington, high in the Cascades, Joel mastered residential design and construction in extreme hot/cold weather environments. He earned his Masters in Architecture from the University of Oregon in 2000, with an emphasis on sustainability. During school he lived and worked in France, Italy, and Japan.

Joel founded Cargotecture in 2003, and practices in Seattle, Washington. The firm has past and ongoing work in the Pacific Northwest, Texas, California, Vermont, New York, Nevada, Utah, and Florida. The practice can support projects around the world.
Cargotecture can provide services ranging from schematic design, design development, consultancy, and project management for any global project. Cargotecture creates both site-built and factory-built designs and completed projects. Cargotecture also provides permitting services for projects in most jurisdictions.

Cargotecture gets its name from the practice of creating buildings out of steel intermodal shipping containers, which it helped to pioneer. This has now become a trend featured in architectural and style journals worldwide. This method merges Egan’s focus on sustainability with his understanding of the interplay of senses and structure.

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Shipping Container Cabins, Homes and Buildings by HyBrid Architecture